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A goth inspired outfit currently sold by Forever 21

Goth is Dead, Long Live Goth

Everyone is going goth– again. Yesterday the New York Times did a trend piece on goth that’s worth a read.

Choice quote from the article, “Google searches for “creeper” style shoes have grown by more than 530 percent between September 2010 and September 2013. “The goth trend is no longer reserved for an underground subculture,” said Heidi Ware, head of fashion editorial and creative for eBay. A choker necklace is sold on the site every 55 seconds.”

This is on the heels of the recent Kanye West album, which bares an influence of goth and Nine Inch Nails industrial sounds and Rihanna tagging photos on Instagram as “ghettogoth” and posting photos of chokers for fashion inspiration. Goth is back, but did it really ever leave?

New playlist: Executive Realness

I’ve made my first mix on Soundcloud. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Executive Realness: A set of classic new wave, synth and boogie jams from an era when boys wore makeup and all of the ladies looked fly. Featuring Visage, Duran Duran, New Order, Evelyn Champagne King and more!

A Tribute to Brian Eno

Brian EnoBasically a list of reasons why Brian Eno is cooler than most people.

  • His full name is Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, RDI. Only a rad dude would have a name like that.
  • He dressed like a glittery alien from outer space and wore makeup and probably got more chicks than the typical classic rock bros.
  • He played synths + tapes with one of the best bands ever, Roxy Music.
  • He enjoys taking a lot of photos with cats.
  • He is the pioneer of ambient music, even coining that term.
  • His Music for Airports album was played in the background at La Guardia Airport in the 80s.
  • He composed the startup sound for Windows 95.
  • He once gave an extensive interview to Chrissie Hynde about his pornography collection.
  • CHOICE QUOTE: “Eno forever altered the ways in which music is approached, composed, performed, and perceived, and everything from punk to techno to new age bears his unmistakable influence.”-some guy who writes for Allmusic.com
  • MGMT wrote a song about him.
  • He created the Oblique Strategies card deck in the 1970s as a way for artists and musicians to get out of their writers/creative block and get inspired. It’s like the I-Ching but with messages to help you think out of the box.
  • He most recent project is to create music and light installations for hospitals with the intent of the music aiding the healing process and providing overall good vibes to patients.
  • I mean just look at him.

IN ADDITION TO NOT HAVING ANY PROPER MUSICAL TRAINING, BRIAN ENO PRODUCED THESE CLASSIC ALBUMS WHICH I’M SURE YOU ALL HAVE HEARD A MILLION TIMES:

  • More Songs about Buildings & Food / Fear of Music / Remain in Light, Talking Heads
  • Ultravox’s self-titled album
  • Q: Are We Not Men A: We Are Devo / Devo
  • The Joshua Tree / Achtung Baby / U2
  • Laid by James
  • The last two Coldplay albums.

Not to mention he was David Bowie’s main collaborator on the albums in his “Berlin Trilogy” (Low, Heroes, Lodger)

BRIAN ENO IS AN AMAZING HUMAN. THE END.

Brian Eno

Valley Girl Slang

Valley Girl

It’s interesting to see which valley girl phrases are still a part of our daily lexicon (awesome, like, freaking me out) and what slang is sadly just a reflection of the 1980s. I personally want to start a movement to bring back the word bitchin into everyday conversation. Who’s with me?

VALLEY GIRL SLANG

Awesome, gag me with a spoon, bitchin’, like, choice, barf me out, gnarly, tubular, dweeb, fresh, grody (see also, grody to the max), totally, fer sure, bod, no duh, what’s your damage, eat my shorts, righteous, take a chill pill, talk to the hand, i’m so sure, psych, have a cow (see also, don’t have a cow), bite me, freaking me out, tripendicular.

Try to use some of this valley girl slang in a sentence today!

1960s Hippie Slang

hippie slang 1960s

Huh? Formerly Titled Pardon? | TeenSet, 1968 February

Take this quiz from TeenSet Magazine to find out if you understand the groovy hippie slang that all of the kids used in 1968. Photo/Article via Good Time Music.

Check out my interview with the Groupon G-List Blog

By day, Meghan Brozanic works as a social media and production coordinator for the National Association of Realtors. By night, she sheds her chrysalis and transforms into DJ Gloria Vanderbilt, spinner of pure vinyl. In this form, Brozanic has manned the turntables at such West Town and North Side establishments as Beauty Bar, The Whistler, and most regularly, The Charleston, a historical corner bar tucked away in Bucktown. It’s there that she co-hosts Champale Nights—a ‘70s and ‘80s themed set featuring smooth R&B, yacht rock, and songs by Laurel Canyon singer-songwriters—every second Saturday. Although Brozanic enjoys spinning records of the ‘70s and ‘80s, her true passion is ‘90s hip-hop and dance, which she spins occasionally during solo sets at The Whistler and Phyllis’ Musical Inn.

Full Interview: THE G-LIST: DJ Gloria Vanderbilt

DJ Gloria Vanderbilt at the Charleston Tonight!

Come party with me tonight! I’ll be playing a lot of 60s tunes and some 80s boogie and somehow it will all work together, I swear! No cover, 10pm-2am.

Bun B’s Jumbo Coloring and Rap Activity Tumblr has Arrived

Calling all parents, babysitters, hip hop fans, and aspiring artists! Rapper Bun B (one half of the legendary UGK) has partnered with Shea Serrano to create a coloring and activity book featuring all your favorite rappers. Connect the dots to complete Tupac’s bandana! Spot the differences in two photos of Dr. Dre’s “Chronic” album cover! Color a photo of Tyler the Creator into work of art!

My personal favorite is the “Rack City” scramble:

Check out the Jumbo Coloring and Rap Activity Tumblr for all of the activities, and you can even send in your completed masterpieces!

I fully expect to see a physical version of this activity book on sale at Urban Outfitters by next year.

Choice Quotation

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“Once inside, everybody’s a star. The social rules are simple but rigid: All you want to hear is how fabulous you look, so you tell them how fabulous they look. You talk about how bored you are, coming here night after night, but that there’s no place else to go. If you’re not jaded there’s something wrong. It’s good to come in very messed up on some kind of pills every once in a while, and weekend nights usually see at least one elaborate, tearful fight or breakdown. If you’re 18 you’re over the hill.”

-about Rodney Bingenheimer’s English Disco, 1973